No, Windows 10 actually DOESN’T share your networks without your authorization

I’ve been reading people complaining about this for a few weeks now. It’s completely blown out of proportion, and has been a feature in Windows Phone for over a year.

The central reason people put passwords on their Wi-Fi is to stop total strangers from sitting in a parked car on the street and using their internet. Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, allows you to share connectivity with your friends, without having to reveal the actual passwords. If anything, it’s not only more convenient, but safer.

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How to DISABLE (or enable?) Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10

People have worked themselves into a frenzy, but I have discussed why I think this has been blown out of proportion. Although you should have selected whether or not you want this feature enabled when you first set up Windows 10, if you want to check your settings and change them either to share or lock yourself down, here are some instructions for you!

First, get in to Windows 10’s Wi-Fi settings. Simply use the search bar at the bottom of the new Start Menu and type wifi, then click “Change Wi-Fi Settings.”

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How to backup Windows 8.1 before upgrading to Windows 10

We already discussed whether or not you should take Microsoft up on their offer to upgrade you to Windows 10. In that article, I specifically mention that, although Windows my prompt you to perform the upgrade, even if you want to it, it may be wise to wait a month to see if any headlines emerge with catastrophic upgrade stories, and give Microsoft time to patch the Upgrade process, if so. Perhaps waiting until November of 2015 isn’t so bad. You have a full year to claim the free upgrade, so don’t be in a rush.

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How to Backup Windows 7 before upgrading to Windows 10

We already discussed whether or not you should take Microsoft up on their offer to upgrade you to Windows 10. In that article, I specifically mention that, although Windows my prompt you to perform the upgrade, even if you want to it, it may be wise to wait a month to see if any headlines emerge with catastrophic upgrade stories, and give Microsoft time to patch the Upgrade process, if so. Perhaps waiting until November of 2015 isn’t so bad. You have a full year to claim the free upgrade, so don’t be in a rush.

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How to remove the “Get Windows 10” ad & Icon

Many users are happy with their computers the way they are and are not interested in upgrading to Windows 10. We’ve discussed some pros and cons, but if you have made up you’re mind that you’re not interested, here’s the best way to get Microsoft to stop bugging you.

In short, you need to uninstall a particular Windows Update. Microsoft KB3035583 in particular. After it is uninstalled, you’ll need to reboot your computer, search for Windows Updates, then hide KB3035583 to make sure it doesn’t automatically reinstall itself. The step by step instructions are below. Continue reading